[OPINION | DASH of SAS ] Condoms not pleasant? Get a cockblocker

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:30 PM

An old man who, by his own admission, can’t get it up without popping a pill and a group of men forbidden to indulge in carnal desires have positioned themselves as voices of authority when it comes to sexual health

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After Duterte’s remarks, PopCom reminds public condoms prevent HIV

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Commission on Population chief Juan Antonio Perez III says condoms are 'the preferred method' to prevent sexually transmitted diseases

Philippines losing over P220 billion a year due to child undernutrition – report

Jan 23, 2018 - 7:19 PM

UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander says nutrition is 'not yet' a priority of the current administration, but 'there seems to be an increasing interest'

Meet the woman battling South Korea's 'birth strike'

Jan 20, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The job of South Korea's family minister Chung Hyun-Back is to try to reverse the world's lowest birth rates – but she herself is childless and single

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 3, 2018

Jan 03, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

families and friends gather at the parks as holiday season goes on this month and enjoying the color fountain at the park of famous park in the country Luneta Park. Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Philippine population to exceed 107 million by end-2018 – PopCom

Jan 03, 2018 - 12:16 PM

The Commission on Population projects around 4,965 Filipinos will be added per day or about 206 every hour in 2018

MORE PINOYS IN 2018. The Commission on Population projects an even higher number of Filipinos this year. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

[OPINION] The party’s over

Dec 18, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It’s time to stop wishing for a single, hardball opportunity to end this state of abuse. 2018 is yours – and ours – to fix.

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Is Duterte a dictator, a fascist, or a populist?

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:04 PM

Is the president any of the three?

Amnesty International report, PH population, Google, FB join Trust Project | Midday wRap

Nov 17, 2017 - 12:49 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Philippine population hits nearly 101 million in 2015

Nov 17, 2017 - 8:34 AM

Among the 33 highly urbanized cities, Quezon City had the highest population with 2.94 million people in 2015, followed by Manila with 1.78 million, Davao City with 1.63 million, and Caloocan City with 1.58 million

'All systems go' for Pinays to avail of contraceptives from DOH

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:48 PM

The DOH will prioritize the distribution of the 261,000 implants kept in its Manila-based warehouse, as their insertion time is set to expire by September 2018

RH FRONTLINE. From L to R: PopCom executive director Juan Antonio Perez III, FDA director general Nela Charade Puno, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and Health Undersecretary Mario Villaverde and Gerardo Bayugo hold a press conference on November 16. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane

Nov 07, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York estimates in a report released last month that about 114,000 to 213,000 Puerto Rican residents will leave the island annually 'as a result of Hurricane Maria'

LEAVING. People wait in a line to check-in for flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017, as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Contraceptives review won't be influenced by politics, hysteria – FDA

Nov 03, 2017 - 8:12 PM

FDA director general Nela Charade Puno emphasizes the agency's review of 51 contraceptives – which could soon lead to the lifting of the SC TRO – is 'technical and scientific in nature and not a political one'

NO POLITICS. FDA chief Nela Charade Puno assures the public the agency is undertaking technical and scientific assessment of 51 contraceptives. Photo from FDA

Indonesian terrorist, Roque on Duterte, NY terror suspect | Evening wRap

Nov 02, 2017 - 9:16 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

FDA to certify implants as not inducing abortion – PopCom

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:00 AM

(2ND UPDATE) With the FDA set to certify contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT as non-abortifacients, the DOH and RH Law advocates expect the Supreme Court to lift its TRO

GO SIGNAL. The FDA says contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

Want to tackle economic inequality? Start by meeting women's RH needs – UN

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The United Nations Population Fund's State of World Population 2017 focuses on reproductive health and rights in the age of inequality

Asians will be largest U.S. immigrant group by 2055 – Pew

Sep 12, 2017 - 4:15 PM

The US Asian population grew from 11 9 million in 2000 to 20 4 million in 2015

Duterte's falling out with the Left

Sep 09, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The contradiction between unity and struggle between working with the government on some issues but fighting it on others was a balancing act that many found confusing and difficult

Leila de Lima: Bloody but unbowed

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

An interview with Senator Leila de Lima who has been kept in detention for over 6 months now

BIRTHDAY WISH. Detained Senator Leila de Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 18, 2017 and says her birthday wish is 'vindication soon.' File photo from Office of Sen Leila de Lima

Ubial expects TRO on implants to be lifted by September

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The Commission on Population also clarifies that the temporary restraining order on contraceptive implants has not become permanent

[Dash of SAS] Harmful side effects of SC TRO on contraceptives

Aug 09, 2017 - 2:03 PM

The TRO gave anti RH officials the perfect excuse to restrict the implementation of the RH Law in accordance with personal beliefs

Population Commission hopes SC will soon lift implants TRO

Jul 15, 2017 - 10:42 AM

We now have a roadmap wherein the TRO will be lifted we hope within the year says Commission on Population Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III

SC file photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Forced to flee: How many have been displaced due to conflict?

Jul 11, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Over 4 million Filipinos have been displaced in Mindanao alone since 2000 according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

FLEEING THE FIGHTING. A mother and her baby rest at an evacuation center at the Buru-on Barangay Hall in Iligan on the southern island of Mindanao on June 15, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Health experts push for PH policy on teenage pregnancy

Jul 11, 2017 - 5:05 PM

On World Population Day experts call on lawmakers to work towards the enactment of bills tackling the issue of teenage pregnancy in the Philippines

World population to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, UN says

Jun 22, 2017 - 8:33 AM

India s numbers will surpass China s in just 7 years and Nigeria will overtake the United States by 2050 to become the third most populous country in the world the UN says

MORNING RUSH. In a picture taken on June 19, 2014, commuters cross a pedestrian bridge during rush hour in Beijing. Greg Baker/AFP

UN Population Fund chief dies

Jun 06, 2017 - 12:21 AM

Babatunde Osotimehin passes away suddenly at his home on Sunday evening June 4 according to a statement from UNFPA

A SUDDEN DEATH. This file photo taken on March 14, 2016 shows actress/activist Ashley Judd and UNFP Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin attending a press conference in New York City. Photo by Jemal Countess/GETTY IMAGES/AFP

Filipino women, couples 'facing limited choices for RH' – Ubial

May 26, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says health workers face an unprecedented challenge but the agencies working on reproductive health will not falter

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH. In this file photo, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial attends her confirmation hearing at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on May 17, 2017. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

TRO on implants to stay, SC blames DOH for delay

May 26, 2017 - 4:37 PM

The High Court notes that the temporary restraining order it issued in 2015 never meant to enjoin the processing of the entire gamut of family planning supplies that have been declared as unquestionably non abortifacient

LSM Kota Kita jadi fasilitator diskusi PBB tentang peran pemuda dalam perdamaian

May 18, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Kota Kita terpilih menjadi fasilitator di konsultasi regional Asian Pasific Region on Youth Peace and Security di Bangkok

House committee approves national ID system bill

May 10, 2017 - 12:30 PM

If passed into law the national ID card will be honored in transactions concerning a person s identity marital status and birth among others

NATIONAL ID. The House population and family relations panel gives its nod to the national ID system bill. Illustration by Nina Martinez

[Newspoint] A press under siege

May 05, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Under Duterte’s draconian regime press freedom in particular is under siege He keeps shoving it and it keeps retreating not even digging in or defending much less fighting back

Malaysia's Najib: Prosperity for all crucial in fight vs extremism

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:11 PM

In his first address on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Manila Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says the region can avoid the wave of populism felt in other parts of the world by making sure its people benefit from economic growth

PROSPERITY FOR ALL. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak delivers his keynote address to government and industry leaders. Photo from ASEAN video

Dutertismo’s elitism problem

Apr 18, 2017 - 6:00 PM

To continue the fiction of being simple folk the Dutertians must consistently conjure an upper crust for them to demonize How far can they go?

Duterte at his miting de avance in May 2016. File photo by Rappler

U.S. to end funding for UN Population Fund over abortion – official

Apr 04, 2017 - 5:17 PM

UPDATED In a statement the organization laments the loss of funding by Washington a founding member of the UNFPA

FUNDING CUT. The US plans to end funding for UN Population Fund over abortion. Photo from the UNFPA Facebook page

Security high as Pakistan launches first census in 19 years

Mar 15, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The weeks long process a challenge in a country known for corruption and dysfunction will deploy a team of more than 300 000 people and involve 55 million forms

COUNTED. An official from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics marks a house after collecting information from a resident during a census in Karachi on March 15, 2017. Asif Hassan/AFP

'Difficult time for women' under Duterte admin – Robredo

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:47 PM

It s as if we are transported back to the time where misogyny and bigotry is accepted says Vice President Leni Robredo

WOMEN'S DAY. Vice President Leni Robredo during a forum on women and democracy at Miriam's College on Wednesday, March 8. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Thanks to immigrants, Canada sees biggest G7 population jump

Feb 09, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Canada now has a population of more than 35 million which is 1 7 million higher than in the 2011 census

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a press conference in Havana, on November 16, 2016.  Trudeau is in Cuba in official visit. / AFP PHOTO / STR

New Austrian president issues warning on populism

Jan 26, 2017 - 10:51 PM

Alexander Van der Bellen: Let us not be seduced let us not be distracted from the work of a united Europe Maintaining this peace project is worth all our efforts

Austria's president Alexander Van der Bellen is sworn in by the federal assembly at the parliament in Vienna on January 26, 2017.  Roland Schlager/APA/AFP

Rise in populism risks worsening corruption – watchdog

Jan 25, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Transparency International: In countries with populist or autocratic leaders we often see democracies in decline and a disturbing pattern of attempts to crack down on civil society limit press freedom and weaken the independence of the judiciary

A woman holds a placard reading 'Justice not Corruption' during a protest against the corruption and the government in Bucharest January 22, 2017. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Pope warns against populism and 'saviors' like Hitler

Jan 22, 2017 - 9:31 AM

Hitler did not steal power the pope says He was elected by his people and then he destroyed his people

Pope Francis speaks to the faithful during his general audience in Aula Paolo VI on January 18, 2017 at the Vatican. Andreas Solaro/AFP

[DASH of SAS] Give the gift of choice

Jan 06, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Support some groups who empower Filipino families to exercise their reproductive health rights even when the Department of Health could not

PROTECTION. A reproductive health advocate from the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) demonstrates how to slip a condom using a banana during a training for volunteer health workers on the different types of contraceptives at a health care clinic in Quezon City.

Pivots: The world in 2016

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Here is a look at some of the biggest stories from the past year

Back to 1930s nationalism? Historians battle over comparison

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:30 PM

So as the return of ultra nationalism xenophobia and anti elitism spur Trump anti EU voters in Britain and a host of far right parties in Europe does history offer comfort or cause for concern?

In this file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump makes his way off stage after a rally at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on October 21, 2016. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Obama warns against 'crude' nationalism

Nov 16, 2016 - 9:07 AM

After a year of populist shocks from Britain s vote to leave the EU to Trump s surprise win last week and the rise of anti migrant movements in Europe Obama cautions against succumbing to divisive instincts

US President Barack Obama holds a press conference with the Greek prime minister (not seen) after their meeting at the Maximos Mansion in Athens on November 15, 2016. Yorgos Karahalis/AFP

Groups want TRO on implants lifted, ask to be intervenors in SC case

Nov 15, 2016 - 12:36 PM

Reproductive health advocates claim that keeping the temporary restraining order in place would deprive millions of Filipino women access to contraceptives

Win or lose, 'Trumpism' will leave its mark

Nov 07, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Trump s in your face style and aggressive rhetoric will leave a mark on future campaign strategies

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives for a rally at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado on November 5, 2016. Mandel Ngan/AFP

#SWOP2016: Empowering today's 10 year olds builds better societies

Oct 20, 2016 - 12:10 PM

UNFPA’s State of World Population 2016 report shows that empowering today’s 10 year old girls could yield huge demographic and economic dividends and build better societies

No quick fix from China's 'two-child' policy – study

Oct 15, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Any potential benefits the new two child rule might have for the nation s shrinking workforce and rapidly aging population will not be felt for at least two decades the study concludes

DOH asks Supreme Court to lift TRO on contraceptives

Oct 10, 2016 - 11:35 PM

The DOH s motion for reconsideration also seeks the reversal of a decision that ordered the FDA to determine if certain contraceptive drugs and devices are abortifacients or non abortifacients

Jury out on 'Out of Africa' migrations

Sep 22, 2016 - 11:51 AM

3 studies present data from more than 280 diverse populations around the world but did not quite agree on what it all means

Scientists talking to an Aboriginal elder in the Kalgoorlie area in southwestern Australia in 2012. Credit: Preben Hjort, Mayday Film via Nature